Mauricio Pochettino Claims Spurs 'Dominated' Juventus After Heroic Champions League Display

Mauricio Pochettino Claims Spurs 'Dominated' Juventus After Heroic Champions League Display

Spurs remain unbeaten since 16 December, and Pochettino said: "We are more mature".

Spurs has recovered from a shocking start against Juventus to end up with a share of the spoils in a thrilling Champions League last-16 first-leg encounter.

Eriksen's first-half cross to Kane, which the forward wastefully headed straight at Gianluigi Buffon, was a sign of his radar being in full working order, and he continued to probe and jab as Spurs made a comeback that was completed by Eriksen's second-half free kick.

Moments earlier, however, Dele Alli had only been denied by a last-ditch Bernardeschi challenge and Tottenham's dominance finally paid off when the midfielder slipped Kane in behind.

Tottenham will now take two away goals back to Wembley for the second leg next month and arguably stand as favourites to reach the quarter-finals.

It was the first goal the Italian champions have conceded in 2018, and they could have put daylight between them and the visitors just before half-time but Higuain wasted the chance to score a hat-trick when his penalty hit the crossbar.

When Eriksen plays well, Spurs invariably play well and the Dane was at his influential best here.

"Juve made a few mistakes, partly due to their pressure", said Allegri.

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Daniel Thacker, Tottenham: What a superb comeback from Tottenham, who seem to grow at UEFA Champions League level with each game.

Spurs are still undefeated in Europe this season, a record that was in severe jeopardy when Juventus scored two goals in the opening nine minutes at The Allianz Stadium.

Kane became the first player to score past Buffon in 2018, and the Italian goalkeeper showed the England worldwide how much he respected him with a post game embrace (above).

Higuain stepped up and placed a precise penalty into the bottom left corner for his second goal of the match and his eighth in his last five matches. "I don't think Juventus minded us having the possession but we had a good balance and won the ball back quickly, and that's what we had to do".

Pochettino praised his team for their response to falling 2-0 behind inside 10 minutes away from home.

The Premier League's runaway leaders scored three times between the 14th and 23 minutes - through Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero - before Gundogan added a fourth goal from long range in the 53rd minute. You can't go to the final every year.

Both Higuain and Kane are world-class strikers, but the Champions League sorts of the best from the very best and the latter take their chances when they come along.

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